by Gary McWilliams (aka Festival Nomad)
Back in our SPRING INSIDER issue, I wrote about our CANADA 150 past and present thoughts and activities.
Our “Oh Canada Eh!” adventures have continued and will continue past this year’s Canada Day (July 1st, 2017).
Over the two years that we have been presenting our videos, they have become more sophisticated and, we hope funnier and more interesting. In the beginning our videos were “static”, taken in our home. From there, we started producing the videos “on location”. This was more fun, but at times frustrating! Background noises, planes, saws, wind and kids playing were sometimes a challenge!
On one “Museum” shoot it was the sound of “animated dinosaurs and kids screaming” (see video BELOW – “Trouble at the Museum”). Other changes have taken place, such as adding funny “Outtakes” at the end of each Oh Canada Eh! Game video.
Our most recent addition has been “Canadian Fun Facts”. This feature starts at the beginning of the video and includes me (Festival Nomad) telling Judi (Scoop) a Canadian Fun Fact. All in good fun and our way of celebrating CANADA 150. Who knows what other “unique innovations” will be added in the future!
Now, since our first “GAME”, we have visited over 100 communities and have produced over 110 “Oh Canada Eh! Games”. As I have told you, Judi and I have had a fantastic time traveling throughout Ontario, discovering interesting communities, meeting welcoming residents and researching each community’s history and heritage. Each Oh Canada Eh! Game contains an engaging question about the featured community or activity. Answers to each question can be found on the Internet. Most are easy to find, while a few take a little longer!
We thank everyone who has played the GAME and encourage those who have not, to start playing. All you have to do is to go to the Oh Canada Eh! Game website (http://www.ohcanadaehgame.ca/).
CANADA is a great country to live, work and play! We hope that you enjoy your own CANADA 150 DAY, I know that Judi and I will!
Judi and I love to take drives in the country. The Blue Mountain area offers a variety of terrific scenic routes.
“Who knew” that you could explore and enjoy Ontario countryside and only travel a few kilometers! That’s what Judi and I do on many sunny, and sometimes on cloudy, days! The thing is, especially on country roads, you have to travel at 80 to 100 kilometres an hour! Most of the time, on rural country roads or quiet urban streets you can “sit back” on cruise at lesser speeds (30 to 40 kilometres).
A word of caution, if a “speedier” vehicle comes up behind you, pull over and let them pass. It will be easier on your nerves and less frustrating for the “quick” driver!
"Looking down on Georgian Bay from the top of the Blue Mountains (only a few kilometres from home)"
On these outings, we often pack a picnic lunch and find interesting places to stop to eat and to “take-in” the scenery. Other “stops” include ~ “breathe taking” panoramic views; “interesting” colourful scenes; “unique” or “unusual” buildings; “serene” country settings (farm animals, barns, fields, etc.); fast flowing rivers and streams; cascading waterfalls and photographic lakes. Basically the rule for stopping and photographing, for Judi and me, is any scene that is interesting, picturesque and worthy of posting on our websites or keeping for future use. As a result, we have stored 10,000’s of photographs and videos in our web gallery.
The funny thing about these “explorations” is that although you’re “outing” might last for hours the number of kilometres traveled could be limited!
“Who knew” that such a great entertaining day could be only a few kilometres away!
"Canadian Artist, Tom Thomson, lies buried in the Village of Leith (only a few kilometres from home)"
ONTARIO VISITED “New Look”…
Over the past month we have slowly been changing our identity. Rather than just featuring Ontario Festivals Visited, we are now highlighting all of our "Visited" websites... Festivals & Events, Fairs, Communities, Heritage, Attractions & the War of 1812.
ONTARIO VISITED gives visitors to the website an overall view of all the Ontario Communities that we have visited and of all the “Adventure Articles” we have posted on our ONTARIO VISITED WEBSITES.
"ONTARO VISITED WEBSITES ~ New Look"
Linked to ONTARIO VISITED are ONTARIO FESTIVALS VISITED, ONTARIO FAIRS VISITED, ONTARIO COMMUNITIES VISITED, ONTARIO HERITAGE VISITED, ONTARIO ATTRACTIONS VISITED, WAR OF 1812 CELEBRATIONS, ONTARIO EVENT NEWS and OH CANADA EH! GAMES.
ONTARIO VISITED WEBSITES invites web visitors to explore all of our ONTARIO ADVENTURES. Our NEW ONTARIO VISITED “welcome page” leads visitors to all of our "Ontario Visited Adventure Articles", over 340 to choose from!
“Growing and improving for the future!”
"Check out our ONTARIO VISITED ADVENTURE Articles ~ Our visit to the City of Port Colborne is one of our Adventures!"
Festival Nomad Report…
Social Media has been playing a large part of our customer marketing program for the last few years. We have been using six different social media outlets, TWITTER, FACEBOOK, INSTRGRAM, BLOGS (The Inside Scoop and Festival Nomad Again), ONTARIO EVENT NEWS and our long running INSIDER e-Newsletter. While we have been regularly promoting communities and their events, we have not been promoting ONTARIO VISITED WEBSITES. It’s funny how “shoemakers” have old shoes and “website builders” have websites that need updating.
ONTARIO VISITED SOCIAL MEDIA
A few weeks ago we decided that needed to change. Now we regularly post information about all our activities and services. We want to thank everyone who has “read”, “Retweeted”, "Followed" and “liked” our new Ontario Visited messages. Please continue and let your “friends” know about us. We will definitely continue promoting Ontario’s communities and their events and will strive you let our visitors know more about ONTARIO VISITED WEBSITES!
ONTARIO VISITED WEBSITES ~ “Ontario’s Official BEEN THERE Websites”
"Judi and I (and GIFF) wish you a VERY happy CANADA 150 DAY!"